Seth delivers another valuable insight that translates to the world of artists. In his most recent posthe touches on the danger of being overly focused on external motivation. Lots of artists fall into this trap. They write specifically to make it to the radio, to get the accolades, and then when that doesn’t come to them fast enough, they get frustrated and they give up. Often in a self-defeating storm of bitterness against both the system and their team for not delivering what they expected. Here’s an excerpt from Seth’s post:
Accept applause, sure, please do. But when you expect applause, when you do your work in order (and because of) applause, you have sold yourself short. That’s because your work is depending on something out of your control. You have given away part of your art. If your work is filled with the hope and longing for applause, it’s no longer your work–the dependence on approval has corrupted it, turned it into a process where you are striving for ever more approval.
Focus on the work. Focus on the songwriting, the performance and making both tremendously amazing. You can’t control the luck factor, and you can’t control people’s reaction. It’s so much easier to get angry at the audience or those who are helping you succeed, than to look honestly at your own output and giving that your all. Resist that urge. Resist entitlement. Find the value in the work, keep improving, and accept the applause when it comes.
- A Revelation (Or An Artist’s Motivation Pt. 2) (read)
- The Reward Is In The Work (Or What You Can Learn From George Clooney) (read)
- It’s Not Always The Major Label’s Fault (Or Artist’s Motivation) (read)
- The Difference Between A Means And An End (Or Don’t Take Shortcuts) ( (read)
- You Are Your Own Kingmaker (Or No One Will Save You) (read)
- On Why Awards Don’t Really Matter (Or Don’t Do It For The Props) (read)